The Genius of Natural Childhood

Secrets of Thriving Children

The Genius of Natural Childhood
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240 pg



Fifty-two percent of parents admit they never read to their child. Toddlers watch 4½ hours of television daily. More children are obese, enter school developmentally delayed and need special education. So Sally Goddard Blythe draws on neuroscience to unpack the wisdom of nursery rhymes, playing traditional games and fairy stories for healthy child development. She explains why movement matters and how games develop children’s skills at different stages of development. She offers a starter kit of stories, action games, songs and rhymes.


  1. Movement and training the senses, rough and tumble play—why movement matters
  2. Music and language—prenatal development, movement and music, nursery rhymes
  3. Lullabies, rhymes and song—origins and uses
  4. Action songs and games for babies to preschoolers, massage and rhythm, finger play
  5. Power of fairy tales
  6. Day in the Garden, story for movement
  7. “Getting ready for school”—developmental factors to look out for; assessments of hearing and vision; where to go for help

Author Bio

Sally Goddard Blythe, MSc., trained at The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP) beginning in 1987 and joined the permanent staff in 1988. Since that time she has written numerous articles and papers on neuro-developmental factors in educational difficulties. In 1996, her first book A Teacher’s Window into the Child’s Mind was published. It was later extended and updated as Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour, which has been translated into six languages. It provides basic information on the significance, assessment, and remediation of abnormal reflexes for many other professionals. She has written several books since then.